EUGENE, Ore. -- The Oregon women's golf team travels to the Pac-12 Championship this week, April 25-27, in Corvallis, Ore. The tournament will be held at the Trysting Tree Golf Club, marking UO’s first time playing in its home state this season. One round will be played all three days with tee times set for 9 a.m. (PT) on Friday and Saturday, and 8:30 a.m. on Sunday.
The 2014 Pac-12 Championships will boast some of the best women’s golf teams and individuals in the country. The Pac-12 is arguably the nation’s strongest conference with six teams ranked in the top 11 by Golfstat. Joining No. 32 Oregon in the field, in order of ranking, will be; USC (1), UCLA (2), Arizona State (5), Washington (9), Stanford (10), Arizona (11), California (35), Colorado (47), Oregon State (69) and Washington State (79).
IN THE RANKINGS
Oregon improved three spots to No. 32 in the most recent Golfstat ranking, released on Monday. The Ducks have been ranked in the top 40 for the entirety of the spring season. The Ducks have three individuals ranked in the Golfstat Cup Standings; junior Cassy Isagawa (28), freshman Cathleen Santoso (77) and sophomore Caroline Inglis (110).
CATCH THE HIGHLIGHTS
The best action from all three days of the Pac-12 Championship will be packed into one hour at 10 a.m. (PT) on Sunday, May 11 on the Pac-12 Networks and online via Pac-12 Now.
The Trysting Tree Golf Club, a par-72, 6,256-yard track, will host the Pac-12 Championship this week for the first time since 2003. Since its grand opening in the summer of 1988, the spacious course, located just five minutes from the Oregon State campus, has been the home of the Beavers’ men’s and women’s golf programs.
OREGON AT THE PAC-12 CHAMPIONSHIP
Oregon will tee off at the Pac-12 Championship for the 27th time in program history. UO finished seventh at the tournament last season, led by Cassy Isagawa’s one-under score of 215. Oregon’s best-ever finish at the tournament came in 2010 with a third place showing, led by Kendra Little, who tied for third individually.
OREGON TAKES FIFTH AT INAUGURAL SILVERADO SHOWDOWN
Co-hosting the inaugural Silverado Showdown, Oregon put together three solid rounds and placed fifth in a loaded-15 team field. The Ducks finished with a three-round tally of 886 (+22) on the Silverado Resort North Course, notching their eighth top five team finish this season. Oregon played its best round in last Tuesday’s finale with a four-over par, 292, after opening with rounds of 296 and 298 on Monday. Junior Cassy Isagawa and freshman Cathleen Santoso placed in the top 11 to lead Oregon, who finished above four ranked teams and tied with No. 9 Arizona. Isagawa went 1-under through 54-holes, while Santoso played the tournament at +2 through three rounds.
ISAGAWA ON PACE TO BREAK OWN RECORD
Cassy Isagawa, a two-time All-Pac-12 selection, is on pace to break her record for the lowest scoring average in program history. The Wailuku, Hawaii, native’s freshman season ranks first at 72.76 while her sophomore campaign ranks second at 72.86. Currently, Isagawa has a team-best 72.28 round average. Isagawa leads the team in top 10 finishes (7) and rounds at or below par (16). She is currently ranked 28th in the Golfstat Cup standings and 30th in the Golfweek individual rankings.
DUCK TEAM SCORE AMONG PROGRAM’S BESTS
Oregon’s team scoring average currently ranks nearly two strokes better than the program record. The Ducks have a 297.36 round average this season. The program record for lowest round average is 299.30, set in 2012. UO’s elite round average can be credited to consistent play throughout the fall and spring season. Oregon placed in the top five in 8-of-11 tournaments this season.
OREGON LANDS TOP 25 RANKING IN GOLF DIGEST
In the April 7 issue of Golf Digest, Oregon drew a No. 25 ranking in the latest Golf World/WGCA Division I coaches’ poll.
OREGON IN PURSUIT OF ANOTHER NCAA APPERANCE
The Ducks are looking to advance to the NCAA Championships for the third time in the past five seasons under head coach Ria Scott. The Ducks qualified in 2013 (22nd) and 2010 (T23rd). Oregon has qualified for NCAA Regional action in each of the past four seasons, marking the program’s longest postseason streak since reaching regionals nine years in a row from 1993-2002.
SCOTT SIGNS TWO PREP STANDOUTS
The Ducks signed two prep seniors to the 2014-15 freshmen class. The Ducks received National Letters of Intent from Megan Conder (Brentwood, Calif.) and Kelsey Ulep (Rocklin, Calif.). Conder and Ulep are both prized recruits out of California and will enter the University of Oregon as freshmen next season. Both recruits are four-time MVPs on their respective high school girls’ golf teams.
NEXT TIME UP
NCAA Regionals will be May 8-10 at three different locations throughout the nation, with the top eight teams advancing to the NCAA Championships. Regional locations are listed below.
• NCAA West Regional - Washington - Seattle, Wash. - Tumble Creek at Suncadia Resort
• NCAA Central Regional - Oklahoma State – Stillwater, Okla. Karsten Creek G.C.
• NCAA East Regional - Florida State - Tallahassee, Fla. - Southwood G.C.